CLAREMORE — The Rogers State men’s basketball team closed out the 2013 homecoming festivities with a 94-68 victory over Southwestern Christian (Okla.) at the Claremore Expo on Saturday afternoon.
Robinson Odoch Opong picked up where he left off last year, leading the Cats in scoring in the regular season opener with 25 points. Tyler Inman opened the game with a 3-pointer but Opong had the answer with a trey at the other end of the court to knot the score. The teams traded buckets the entire first half with eight lead changes and six ties. The Eagles took their largest lead of six points with two minutes to play in the half. The Hillcats used a 10-3 run to end the first frame in a 43-43 tie with Opong draining a 3-pointer with five seconds to play to end the half.
RSU opened the second stanza with a 7-0 run and controlled the game the rest of the way. The Eagles halted the run with a bucket by Reggie Sloan but the Hillcats stormed back with a 9-0 spurt to stretch the lead to 59-45. RSU led by as many as 29 points in the contest with 10 of the 12 Hillcats who saw action scoring at least three points.
Opong was joined in double figures scoring by Damien Hooks with 15 points, J.C. Hartzler with 13 points and Jon Bond with 12 points. The Hillcats shot 51.6 percent from the field in their regular season debut and shot 76.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Reggie Sloan led the Eagles in scoring with 21 points on the night. RSU dominated the boards with a 46-25 advantage.
Rogers State (1-0) returns to action on Monday as the Hillcats travel to Alva, Okla. to take on former Sooner Athletic Conference foe Northwestern Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Hillcat Network at www.rsuhillcats.com/live and on RSU Radio 91.3 FM.